April's text in red pen:

We're descending towards savagery. I think the good in people is still going to come through even when they're desperate. The thieves and gangs and killers are out there, but that's not everyone. That's not even most people. Maybe it's just because Christmas is coming, but I'm feeling okay about the future of the human race. We're going to figure it out. You see people coming together in small groups, pooling resources, caring for each other. The world isn't ending. This is a setback. It's horrible and whoever did ought to be... I don't know. Would killing him or them solve anything? Of course not. I would like to know why. More than revenge, I want answers. This book is making me want those answers even more. That was the point, wasn't it Merch? You wanted someone to start looking. That's me, I guess. I hope I'm not the only one. I can't be the only one.

You can find some of these at PHARMACIES. While stores like that will be ransacked and looted almost immediately for comfort items and drugs, your average looter - at least in the early stages of a collapse, before its true magnitude becomes apparent - will pass useful things by. In addition to the above, you might also find:

  • Fingernail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Bobby pins
  • Shoelaces
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Candles
  • Vitamins
  • Sanitary napkins

If you need medication to keep yourself alive, I hate to say, but a post-collapse environment is going to be very tough sledding for you. If at all possible, get away from catastrophic situations before they reach a tipping point into a long-term collapse. If you are unable to get away, at least get yourself to a pharmacy and do whatever is necessary to lay in a supply of your critical medications. If you don't do this in the early phases of a cascading failure event, you might not be able to find what you need. If you do manage to get medication, go immediately to the authorities and plead your medical case. Do this before things spiral out of control or you're going to find yourself in a very tricky predicament.

April's text in black pen:
(pointing to "If you need medication to keep yourself alive...") I can't even imagine. Good health is either a blessing or a stroke of good fortune. Either way, I'm glad I have it.


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